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kerry there talking. president obama is supposed to be awarded the medal of distinction at this dinner. when that happens, we will bring it to you live. again, live pictures there as the president awaits the medal of distinction. martin fletcher is standing by in jerusalem with the very latest for us. good to see you, sir. let's start with the president's speech. how was it received, both in the hall and how was it received by israelis watching it on television? >> reporter: well, i think, craig, it was received very well indeed. surprisingly well. he spoke so clearly and confidently and i think really hit all the points that israelis wanted to hear. one of the surprising things, the reaction of the 600 students from universities around israel that were in the audience, was that they applauded repeatedly. there were several standing ovations. most surprising to me anyway, the more often president obama called for a palestinian state existing in peace alongside israel, the more often he said that, the greater the applause was for the students. it was a real message not only from preside
obama criticizing israel over its treatment of palestinians who live in the west bank, saying they should recognize palestinians' right to self-determination and justice. here is video of president obama arriving in the west bank earlier today, where he met with palestinian leaders. and meanwhile, the president was in israel and two rockets fired from gaza striking the southern's parts. it did not cause much damage and no deaths reported and believed the rockets may have been a show of protest. coming up right here on "america live," colonel of ralph peters will share his thoughts on what he says is the bigger story of what president obama may not have said yesterday about israel. and he is apparently on the same page as charles krauthammer was last night. neither of these men huge fans of president obama when it comes to his policy on israel, but both men heard something new yesterday, something you haven't heard a lot about in the headlines and ralph will be here to explain in just a bit. we also have new developments in the search for truth about benghazi. south carolina se
"starting point," two rockets land in israel during president obama's historic trip there. we're live in the west bank as the president is moechlts away now from a live news conference with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. we will bring that to you live. >>> manhunt happening for the person who gunned down the head of colorado's prison systems. police in desperate search for a car and a witness who may have some answers. >>> more rattling from north korea last night wit the threat that u.s. bases are within, quote, striking distance of their country. >>> and the heat just on fire. down by double digits late in the game. they rally to keep the winning streak alive. 24 games and counting. will it ever stop? >> wow! good morning. it's thursday, march 21st. "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning again. our "starting point," president obama in the west bank with face-t face-t face-to-face with world leaders. the press conference is scheduled to start in a few minutes from now. >> the visit underscored by an early morning rocket attack in southern israel. two rockets fired
ahead. >>> on president obama's trip to israel. today was big speech day, highly anticipated, very warmly received, particularly the part he went off script and surprised everyone. we will have details on that coming up. >>> in washington tonight, the congress packed up and went home. they are taking two weeks off as of tonight. nice work if you can get it, right? before they left, they passed a spending bill that will avoid the threat of a government shutdown next week. not shutting down the whole federal government used to be the kind of thing you could reasonably expect from your congress, the kind of thing they get done as a matter of course. under house speaker john boehner, not shutting down the government has become a notable achievement for this congress. mozle top on that. a low bar. >>> house republicans also voted today again for the paul ryan budget. democrats are very excited about that because they plan to use that vote against republicans in campaign ads for the next election. we have the one and only ezra klein here momentarily to sort out what's important about wha
as president obama wraps up a three-day visit to the middle east. >>> plus, a man accused of murdering his social lite wife pulls a stunt and gets his trial delayed. we'll tell you about it, it's all "happening now." ♪ jon: well, president obama is on the final day of his trip to israel in the middle east. air force one just landed in jordan where the president is about to meet with king ab abdullah, one of america's closest arab allies. welcome to a brand new hour of "happening now," i'm jon scott. uma: and i'm uma. on the agenda today will be the huge influx of refugees into jordan from syria's civil war, and king abdullah has voiced fears islamic terrorists could create a base in his country. meanwhile, president obama spending his last day in israel paying his respects at two memorial sites solemnly reaffirming the jewish state's right to exist. lelandleland vittert is now jois live from jerusalem with more. >> reporter: we started with ceremony in the morning today, and now as president obama has landed in jordan, this turns to really hard core, nitty-gritty diplomatic work of tryin
>>> it is time for "end point." cameron russell. >> yesterday, obama was overheard on the mike saying he was glad to escape congress. and i think it is a -- a sign of how polarized and insane our congress is, if he prefers the balancing act of israel and palestine. >> in an interview with jake tapper, so much for the charm offensive. but he also said he didn't take it personally. >> we're talking about how much polarization there is. one issue where there is less is the issue of same-sex marriage, which we are talking about a little bit this morning. the supreme court will hear arguments on tuesday and wednesday of next week on this issue around which now there is a little bit of a media frenzy much everybody lined up. people want to say -- people in public life, politicians, religious figures want to get on record now before these arguments, where they stand. hillary clinton this week, rob partman last week, a real moment. >> a historical, seminole moment where people feel the need to get on the record now. if you make a statement after next week, is that too late? >> i don't
, president obama in the middle east waiting for proof that syria has used chemical weapons. if he gets it, will he use military force? >>> the beast breaks down. president obama's armored limo can with stand a chemical attack but apparently not. the wrong kind of fuel. and critics are calling for him to come back to earth. but the house budget chairman paul ryan pushes ahead with his plan to balance the nation's books with major spending cuts. he'll join us live this hour. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room. . >>> it may be president obama's first official visit to israel but all eyes right now are on syria. the president says he's trying to find out if the damascus regime has crossed a u.s. red line by using chemical weapons against syrians. >> we intend to investigate thoroughly exactly what happened. obviously, in syria right now you've got a war zone. you have information that's filtered out but we have to make sure that we know exactly what happened. we know that there are those in the syrian government who have expressed a willingness to use chemical weapons if necessar
to weigh in on an up popular law. cruz says it hasn't lived up to expectations. >> when obama care was being proposed the president told americans the average american family would see our premiums drop by $2,500. instead, today, the average american family has seen our premiums rise by $3,000. that's a $5,500 difference between what was promised and what has been delivered. so, for democrats on the 2014 ballot, such as mary lan drew of louisiana, mark pryor of arkansas, they had to vote in favor of the president's healthcare law in what may be considered largely red republican states. so, you can bet there will be ads running over the next two years saying, when senator so and so had a repeal obamacare, he or she voted in favor of it. >> shepard: mike, thanks a lot. let's bring in chris wallace. how is this thing shaping up? >> well, you put your finger on it. this is largely for show. we know that the budget, the democratic budget, is going to pass and the democratic controlled senate and will not pass in the republican-controlled house. but this vote-a-rama that mike is talking
. >> and president obama is weighing in, too, using his weekly radio address to push a ban on assault weapons, a limit on the size of ammunition magazines, and stepped-up background checks. >> they're supported by a majority of the american people, and i urge the senate and the house to give each of them a vote. >> still, the chief reason we're seeing so much activity right now is that gun control measures appear to be in legislative trouble. senate majority leader harry reid has frankly admitted he doesn't have the votes for a assault weapons ban and support for other legislation also appears shaky. >> it only has been three months since the newtown massacre. i mean, there was so much political support and really a rallying cry after that for stricter gun control measures. why does the political support seem so shaky right now, i guess is the question. >> well, there's two reasons. one is that time has passed. the polls have eroded somewhat. they're still generally in favor of the gun control people, depending on the poll, but not as strongly in favor. also the purpose of purple states. the
on the ridicu-list. that's it for us. >>> breaking news, everyone. live pictures of president obama who just arrived in ramallah in the west bank. this is the second day of his trip to israel and the west bank and the entire region right now. he is scheduled to meet with palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas later today. you can see president obama with president abbas at this arrival ceremony in ramallah. it's already been an eventful day for the president in the region. two rockets did strike southern israel earlier today, about 60 miles from jerusalem, where the president was. no changes to the president's schedule, though, as you just saw. he has arrived in ramallah in the west bank. john king is helping cover this trip. he is in jerusalem right now. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, john. this is a very important visit by the president. you heard when he was in israel yesterday, president netanyahu saying sure, i'll go back to the bargaining table. he urged the palestinians to come back with no preconditions. one of the preconditions of the palestinians was that mr.
>> ifill: on the first foreign trip of his second term, president obama today reassured israelis of his commitment to the nation and renewed warnings to iran and syria. we begin our coverage with a report from margaret warner who is on the ground there. >> warner: it was all sunshine and smiles as the president arrived on a sparkling day outside tel aviv. his tense, occasionally stormy relationship with prime minister netanyahu momentarily set aside as he began his first presidential visit to israel. >> good to see you. it's wonderful to be here. >> warner: the apparent goodwill led to a moment of levity about a deadly-serious issue that tops the agenda here-- the u.s. and israel's differing views on how to confront iran's advancing nuclear program, and what should be the trigger for military action against it. >> you hear about red lines all the time, right? >> bibi's always talking about redlines. this is all a psychological ploy! >> this was minutely planned! >> warner: netanyahu famously set his redline for action against iran's progress toward a bomb at the u.n. last fall.
of "newsline." do stay with us. captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> ifill: president obama declared the u.s. is israel's strongest ally and greatest friend and saipeace in the middle east is still possible. good evening, i'm gwen ifill. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the "newshour" tonight, margaret warner is traveling with the president and briefs us on his first trip to israel as head of state. >> ifill: then, we examine the allegations that chemical weapons have been used in the syrian conflict. >> brown: judy woodruff updates the efforts to pass gun control legislation in congress and around the country. >> ifill: ray suarez talks to an emergency room doctor whose new book recounts his return home to work on the frontlines in inner city newark. >> we have an overflux of patients cong ito the emrgen deptmen andif you're using the ambulance system for a non-emergency issue, you are taking away from that person who's not able to breathe. now imagine that was your grandmother, imagine that was your father. >> brown: and hari sreenivasan begins a series of stories on th
get board of education busy. president obama made his march madness picks today. is he going with a final four of louisvilleville, florida, ohio state, an eventual champion indiana. >> republicans were not amused by this. the rnc put out an ad. louisiana congressman remarked his final four picks are are now late but his budget is late by 45 days. i think that shows the priorities. his final four picks actually made it on time. since the demands on our time are not nearly as important, the panel and i have come up with our own final four picks. all right, mara, who do you have? >> i wanted to give steve my proxy on this since i don't follow college basketball. i did ask around at work and came up coincidently with the exact same for the president picked. i cannot defend them or describe how we did this in any way, shape are or form. diver to my better here. >> i have louisville, wisconsin, michigan and indiana. three of the four teams are big ten teams. best conference in basketball. indiana beating wisconsin in the final. >> bret: okay. charles? >> marah echoing obama again.
to that, barack obama is a pretty momable guy when it come dollars basketball. >> having grown up in hawaii myself, played high school basketball two years behind him, he lives and eats and sleeps hoops still. and he loves t he knows his basketball. i just think he took a little less time on this pool than he did other ones. >> sigh, republicans, that's a good thing. >> who do you have for your elite final four? >> i like tom izzo. he could get us to the elite eight. i don't know if this michigan state team is up for to, but i wouldn't be surprised to see a michigan state/indiana final. and i do like the hoosiers winning it all. >> i'll have you know i scored six points when i played with the big boys on the ymca. >> you combine for 44 with the best guy, and you had two. >> me and lebron did a heck of a job. >> before we go, i want to get your reaction to this viral video of a basketball fan who ras reluctant to share his ice cream with his sweetie pie. let's take a look at this. >> that's just wrong. >> eventually he gave it up. but what are your thoughts on this, man? come on. t
headlines this friday morning. >>steve: meanwhile president obama on his way now to bethlehem. he visited israel's memorial to the holocaust victims a short time ago during the third day of his first presidential trip to israel. >>brian: we're live in jerusalem following the trip. hey, leland. >> good morning, brian. the issue from the president is not so much what he's saying. he's saying the same thing in terms of the substantive issues about iran and about a palestinian state. but more about how he is saying it. he's going out of his way to show great empathy towards the israeli people and boy is it working. front page of both daily newspapers here, you say president obama here and also on their version of the "new york times," here he says demand peace from your leaders. this is an attempt by the president yesterday in his major address not only to the israeli student population but also to the entire country that was televised to say this is my vision for what the middle east should look like. and while it may not jive exactly with benjamin netanyahu, the prime minister here, this is
. >> this is a fox news alert, breaking news out of amman, jordan where president obama arrived just a short time ago re with the waiting a news president and jordan's king abdullah that is scheduled to start any second now. of course, we'll bring that to you as soon as we get it. i'm alisyn camerota in for megyn kelly. and the president leaving israel after a three-day visit and here is the king welcoming him to ahman. the king's government is on shaky ground as jordan tries an arab spring style revolution. and refugees flooded into the country as syria's war steps out of control. when the president steps up to the podium, we'll take you there live for the breaking coverage. we are also tracking breaking news from texas and colorado where we could get new details about that hunt for the gunman who killed the head of colorado's prison system. police say 58-year-old tom clements was fatally shot while answering the door at his home on tuesday night. now, investigators are looking into whether evan spencer eibell is linked to this murder, a parolo from the colorado prison system. he was shot by police
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. president obama meeting today with israeli prime minister netanyahu repeating his warning that syria would be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons, quote, or their transfer to terrorists. the stakes obviously cannot be higher for making the right call. joining us tonight is chief national correspondent john king who is traveling with president obama in israel. also fran townsend, former homeland security adviser in the bush 43 administration, cre currently on the advisory committee and former cia officer, bob bear. this video we just showed from the assad regime, shown on syrian state television. want to show it again. it's supposedly a victim suffering from a chemical weapons attack. no one shows any physical signs of injury, no con vumgss, no vomiting. three experts say that judging from what they see here, this doesn't seem like a chemical weapons attack. knowing what you know about these type of agents and their effect on humans, do you agree? >> you know, it's difficult to tell without examining the patients. and you need sophisticated equipment to do that. a lot of the sy
made fun of his greatest weakness, speaking english. now you have obama turning the table a bit. he makes fun of himself, but he uses comedy like a comedian, like a weapon, it's very effective. >> other presidents have had some good lines of their own. here's george w. bush at the 2008 correspondents dinner poking fun at then-candidates. >> next year a new president will be standing up here. i have to say i'm kind of surprised we don't have more presidential candidates here tonight, like any. senator mccain's not here. he probably wanted to distance himself from me a little bit. you know, he's not alone. jenna's moving out too. the two democratic candidates aren't here either. senator clinton couldn't get into the building because of sniper fire and senator obama's at church. >> all right. how is that any different than obama, dean? really. >> where did you find that? that ruins my entire thesis of my article. i can't believe you would find that and ruin it. it's true, some presidents and i read about them and i even reagan used a few jokes sometimes about his enemies -- or rivals i
jews. many of them are sort of neutral about president obama. they don't dislike him but they don't adore him. and so for each man there is a big reason to show that they are in good for the other guy, to get some credit here in israel. and so, yes, there is good reason for each to show that all those old wounds are well on their way toward healing. nobody here is going to pretent that they don't have troubles. but they are showing that they can get along. >> keep looking for those smiles. thanks to jessica yellin in tel aviv this morning. we will come back to you over the course of the morning. this went from what was going to be a symbolic visit to one where all of a sudden there are urgent matters to discuss with the specter of chemical weapons possibly being used in syria. we want to go to our senior international correspondent ivan watson in amman, jordan, this morning. and ivan, yesterday syrian state media claimed that opposition forces launched a chemical attack in aleppo province. killing at least two dozen people, injuring more than 100. the rebels deny that charge and t
's pursuit of a nuclear weapon. it's the latest test of obama's frosty relationship with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. cnn's john king is in jerusalem this morning. john, this is president obama's first trip to israel. how delicate, how pivotal is this visit? >> reporter: well, carol, it is fascinating. i've been here in the past with president clinton, with president george w. bush, now president obama. in the past the israeli-palestinian conflict is always at the top of the agenda but given the event in this complicated neighborhood that is now more complicated and confused than ever, the israeli-palestinian conflict is down on the list. the president wants to share information and get information from his israeli counterparts about what's going on in syria. did the government in syria use chemical weapons against its own people. that's a big question. obviously the nuclear showdown with iran. the presidentister wants assurance if that diplomacy doesn't bear fruit that the president of the united states is prepared to put the military option on the table. and, yes, the p
, 5:00 out west. good to have you this morning. first up, president obama is heading home later this hour from a whil wind four-day visit to the middle east. >> mr. obama made stops in israel, the west bank and jordan. cnn's chief national correspondent john king is in amman and joins us live. john, nice to see you. it's pretty low expectations for this trip. the white house careful not to really set a bar very high. any surprises come out of it? >> i think they set that bar so low so they knew they could jump it. there were surprises. the best test is not how high the president feels about improving relationships with netanyahu or giving speech to a people that was well received. first a sober discussion about the syrian refugee crisis and going to petra to visit the ancient ruins. he may feel he's in better standing with the israelis and the prime minister, the question is, every american president in my lifetime has picked up this ball, the middle east peace process and tried to deal with it. bill clinton years on it, george w. bush at the end of his term. we'll see if presid
limo. it was quickly replaced with a backup. mr. obama is eager to use this visit to reset relations with a long time ally. >> we are following the red line, sir. >> oh, following the red line, okay. >> red lines all the time, huh? >> we're always talking about red lines. >> reporter: it may have been a joke, but the red lines for syria and iran are deadly serious business for both leaders. >> we have been clear that the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake. >> reporter: the president did not confirm whether chemical weapons have actually been used in syria, but he clearly didn't believe some initial reports. >> i am deeply skeptical of any claim that, in fact, it was the opposition that used chemical weapons. >> reporter: on iran, the two leaders took pains to show a united front with the israeli prime minister agreeing with the president that iran is at least a year away from developing nuclear weapons. >> i'm absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons. >> and i will repeat, a
say it is clear they did. president obama says this would be a game-changer. general jack keane is here with his take on this growing crisis. >> you have a government that we believe and we have solid information, by the way the international community believes this, has chemical weapons. has put them in a position to be used on short notice, and i believe, there's a high probability has been used with that whole body over the last two years. hey, our salads. [ bop ] [ bop ] [ bop ] you can do that all you want, i don't like v8 juice. [ male announcer ] how about v8 v-fusion. a full serving of vegetables, a full serving of fruit. but what you taste is the fruit. so even you... could've had a v8. heather: well france's former president charged with breaking his nation's campaign finance laws and taking advantage of a person in poor health. now the alleged victim is france's richest woman by the way. the 90-year-old heiress to the l'oreal cosmetics empire. former president nicolas sarkozy is charged will legally accepting more than $5 million from the woman. sarkozy's supporters s
for a free code scan read and you'll say...my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> president barack obama takes his message of support for israel directly to the people. just a short time ago the president spoke at the jerusalem convention center to a group made upmostly of students and young people. speaking in hebrew he told the crowd "you are not alone." the president reiterated that the u.s. will stand up for israel's right to defend itself. he's stressed the importance of keeping iran from developing a nuclear weapon. >>> congresswoman michele bachmann is taking heat for her claims about lavish spending by president obama. we showed you what happened when our dana bash tried to question the congresswoman about the comments she made at a recent cpac gathering. >> there's four americans killed. >> congresswoman, but you're the one who brought it up. >> bachmann's claim drew fire from one of her fellow conservatives, bill o rilely from fox news. >> this would be much ado about nothing if not for trivial attacks obscuring problems in this country. does the president live well in the white hous
. >> reporter: good morning, matt. president obama is in the west bank today. it's his latest attempt to try to jump-start the middle east peace process. but judging by what was said today, it's clear that both sides are still negotiating whether to negotiate. touching down, the president got a stark reminder. militants in gaza, the other palestinian territory fired two rockets. while no one was injured, the president immediately condemned the attack. >> we condemn this violation of the important cease-fire that protects both israelis and palestinians, a violation that hamas has a responsibility to prevent. >> reporter: president obama is hoping to jump-start the peace process with separate one-on-one meeting with prime minister netanyahu and president abbas. getting the two sides to talk together is a challenge. >> the only way to begin the conversations is that we get everything right at the outset, or at least each party is constantly negotiating about what's required to get into talks in the first place. then we're never going to get to the broader issue. >> reporter: during his joint pr
. obama in the israeli president's garden may have been uprooted or may have to be. agriculture officials warnt to test it and perhaps even discard it. israeli law forbids plants and trees from other countries entering israel. >>> and then there's this, the president's limo, nickname ed the beast had to be hauled off on the back of a flatbed truck. the secret service says diagnostic tests are still being done to determine why it broke down in jerusalem. the high-tech cadillac is being sent back to the u.s. for more tests. of course, the president is not stranded. he always travels with a spare. >> beast 2. beast 1 and beast 2. >> there you go. >> let's take a look at the weather across the nation. colder than normal in the northeast. flurries from central new jersey to boston and cape cod. snow showers around the great lakes. rain changing from kansas city and memphis. all rain around the south. dallas, shreveport, snow in the rockies and cascades and some showers in the pacific northwest. >> 40s from seattle to billings, 20s for the upper midwest. 40 in new york and 77 in miami. >>> all
fire. president obama arrived this morning in the west bank. his message here, the importance of peace between the israelis and the palestinians. but fears of war have dominated the trip specifically fears that iran is dangerously close to getting a nuclear weapon. >> the greatest danger is a nuclear iran. >> in order to stop iran's nuclear programs peacefully diplomacy and sanctions must be augmented by a clear and credible threat of action. >> reporter: when it comes to iran, the president says the u.s. stands firm with israel. >> we agree on our goal. we do not have a policy of containment when it comes to a nuclear iran. our policy is prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: even if it takes a military strike against iran. >> i will repeat all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> reporter: president obama has had a frosty relationship with prime minister netanyahu, but on this trip both men have been determined to show that they are staunchal lies, maybe even friends. obama jokin
for a late-inning comeback. >> it's going to be a long few weeks. ahead on "starting point," president obama paying his respects at the grave of a revered israeli leader. at least behind a poignant connection to america's own past. details in a live report. >> then cynthia faye's new film "admission" opening this weekend. but hear what co-stars told me about working with this comedy genius. you're watching "starting point." [ female announcer ] a classic macaroni & cheese from stouffer's starts with freshly-made pasta, and 100% real cheddar cheese. but what makes stouffer's mac n' cheese best of all. that moment you enjoy it at home. stouffer's. made with care for you or your family. a hairline fracture to the mandible and contusions to the metacarpus. what do you see? um, i see a duck. be more specific. i see the aflac duck. i see the aflac duck out of work and not making any money. i see him moving in with his parents and selling bootleg dvds out of the back of a van. dude, that's your life. remember, aflac will give him cash to help cover his rent, car payments and keep everything as norm
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obama making a push for immigration reform. this is at a ceremony for new american citizens. the president hosted a naturalization ceremony today for active duty service members and civilians. this was at the white house. the president has made immigration reform one of the top priorities of his second term. now, he says if the u.s. wants to keep attracting the best and brightest, the country needs to make sensible changes to fix its immigration system. and the president is expanding the country's parks and historic sites as well. so today he is designating areas in five states as new national monuments. so the sites include the first state national monument in delaware. a site commemorating harriet tubman and the underground railroad in maryland. the charles young buffalo soldiers national monument in ohio, the san juans islands national monument in washington state and the rio grand de del norte national monument in new mexico. >>> now the stage set for the u.s. supreme court to take up one of the biggest social issues facing this country. we're talking about same sex marr
, folks. yeah. see that? can you just imagine barack obama having to do that? anyway, it's only fair he had to do it considering fed ex actually paid for the pandas' transportation complete with an in-flight meal, tons of bamboo and 20 apple seeds. in fact, if it weren't for fed ex, canada would be totally bamboozled. 90% of a panda's diet is bamboo and it won't grow up in canada's climate so the canadians have been forced to hire fed ex to ship 700 pounds of bamboo from the memphis zoo two to three times a week for the next ten years. who knew memphis made so much bamboo. but this is really what america has become here, people. we're just a bamboo supplier. that's actually the real reason that we're telling you this story tonight. because not too long ago, it was the united states getting pandas from china and there are pandas in zoos around the country. some of them have even had babies to great fanfare. we haven't gotten a new panda in years because the cuddly bears even though they're not so nice, we don't think they're cuddly. usually when you get a panda it means a cuddly relation
overseas and begin with president obama wrapping up his visit to israel before visiting the church of nativity, before crossing into jordan, but is the trip doing anything to advance that push for peace? senior white house correspondent jonathan karl is with the president. jon, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, paula. over and over again on this trip the president has emphasized america's never-ending support for the state of israel but he is concluding the trip with a challenge to the israeli people, to once again restart the effort to make peace with the palestinians. this morning, the president paid tribute to victims of the holocaust at israel's yad vashem memorial. it's been a trip high on symbolism. >> please raise a glass with the president. l'chaim. >> reporter: but low on any progress toward peace. in the only major speech of the trip the president sought to bypass the political leaders here and talk directly to the next generation, telling a group of 600 israeli college students to put themselves in the shoes of young palestinians. >> look at the world through thei
underway and authorities offering a $10,000 reward. >>> other top stories, president obama will arrive in jordan in the next hour. the president spent his final hours in israel on a hermial trip, visiting the graves of theodore herzl and isaac rabin. he placed a stone that came from the martin luther king memorial in washington. >>> and john lennon's death is being used to push for stricter gun control. these are lennon's blood-stained glasses. more than 1 million people killed since lennon's death in 1980. >>> in philadelphia, a man walks up to a chinese restaurant, pulls out a gun and begins firing. watch what happens from inside the restaurant. a young man blocks the door. while dodging a hail of bullets, incredibly. no one inside the restaurant seriously injured. philadelphia police releasing the video, hoping someone can identify the gunman. >>> police think there is a strong connection in a suspect in a high-speed chase and shooting in texas and the murder of colorado's prison chief. suspect shot a deputy twice after he was pulled over and then fled. the chase ended when he crash
about that. thank you very much. >>> president obama is wrapping up his tour of the middle east this morning. natalie, good morning to you. >> good morning, everyone. that's right. the president is wrapping up his three-day visit to israel as he heads to jordan. nbc chief correspondent is traveling with the president. delivered some remarks that have a poignant reminder of some issues israel may be dealing with today. >> we have the choice to acquiesce to evil or make real our solemn vow, never again. we had the choice to ignore what happens to others or to act. >> reporter: the president heads to bethlehem to visit the church of the nativity and heads to aman, jordan, where he'll have one on one meetingings with king abdullah, on the docket the middle east peace process. >>> the government will stay up and running through september, but some $85 billion in spending cuts have put hundreds of thousands of government workers on temporary furloughs. thursday night the house passed the spending authorization that now heads to the president for his signature. >>> it turns out our uni
-old boy could not be saved. sad story there. >>> president obama is on the last leg of his middle east trip spending a few hours in an ancient city before heading back home. he pledged to help jordan deal with the influx of refugees fleeing the civil war in syria. >>> historic meeting between pope francis and his predeces r predecessor, pope benedict. the two will have lunch together. that will be a power lunch. a meeting of this kind has not happened in at least 600 years. no pressure for that lunch at all, right? none. >>> breaking news overnight. the senate has just approved a $3.7 trillion budget. meanwhile, the budget crisis and congressional sequester has claimed another victim. air traffic control towers at small and medium sized airports across the country. pete williams has more and joins us now. pete, good morning. >> reporter: jenna, good morning. the faa says it must take this step to meet the goal of cutting more than $600 million out of its budget so starting in two weeks it will shut down air traffic control towers in 38 states affecting operations at 149 small and medi
, the secretary's sixth trip since president obama's first term, but really the most acrimonious atmosphere to walk in, still the hangover of secretary of defense chuck hagel's trip here, in which president karzai intimated that, in fact, the u.s. had been working with the taliban in some way. we have as we landed received news that the handover of the facility has finally been completed. that will remove one of the thorns in the side of this relationship. and there has been a recent agreement to change force structures in wardak province. that's also been contentious. there will be a meeting between hamid karzai and john kerry. the two having met for a number of occasions before, and said to have a good pornal relationship. but i can't really stress what an awkward time this has been for the united states and how much a mission, really, john kerry has to try and patch this relationship up. >> an awkward time it is. nick paton walsh in kabul in afghanistan where secretary of state john kerry just landed. he will be trying to smooth over some of those tensions with the afghan president hamid
it back to you, don. >> thank you to christopher and renee marsh. >>> other news, president barack obama wrapping up his tour of the middle east before arriving in jordan. the president closed a three-day visit to israel with a solemn visit to the holocaust museum, reaffirming the jewish state's right to exist. he then met with jordan's king abdullah, promising 200million in aid to help the country as it struggles with a syrian refugee crisis. he also talked expectations for peace in the middle east. >> this was a trip to make sure i'm doing my homework. we set expectations low, precisely because there has been a lot of talk over decades, but it hasn't produced the results that everybody wants to see. let me listen to the parties first. >> straight to cnn's john king who is in amman, jordan. john, what is the most important agenda item in jordan for the president? >> reporter: don, the most important item is that aid you mentioned. jordan is being overwhelmed, swamped by refugees from syria coming in, several thousand a day, approaching the half million mark here. this country's economy
to afghanistan since president obama's first term began. but it is his first trip there as secretary of state. yesterday, secretary kerry was in iraq meeting with iraqi president nuri al maliki. >>> so, other news, have you checked your bracket this morning? if you did, i bet you didn't have florida coast -- florida gulf coast in the sweet 16. andy scholes joins us now with the bleacher report. good morning, andy. >> good morning, guys. if anyone had the eagles winning two games in their bracket, it's probably a good chance they attend school at florida gulf coast because yesterday the eagles did something no one has ever done that's make the sweet 16 as a 15 seed. it's their second year of being eligible for the tournament. florida gulf coast is making it look easy out there. they went on a 17-0 run in the second half to cruise past san diego state 81-71. the eagles now head to north texas where they will take on their home state traditional powerhouse, the florida gators in the sweet 16. tournament almost lost two more high seeds yesterday. ohio state's aaron craft rescued the buckeyes with
pelosi and it used to be barack obama. you can use all the scary liberal names, but the reality on the ground, police who don't tend to vote democratic, even police are in favor of what the mayors are suggesting. michael bloomberg maying t be t face, but he's speaking for mayors there cleveland, from detroit, from indianapolis. mayors who are saying i need a different way for congress to respond to this particular problem. so i don't think the fact that bloomberg's name is on it won't cause problems. it might raise attention toward the issue. >> patrick, more than one police chief, they're all for background checks. the nra is fighting back against these ads dollar for dollar. so do you think it's just a little nervous? >> i don't know who is more nervous. if there was such an overwhelming public ground swell of support for this type of thing, bloomberg wouldn't be worried about putting these ads. the other thing is that people keep demonizing the nra and wayne lapierre and i'll be the first to admit that wayne lapierre post-sandy hook speech was a rhetorical train wreck. but th
? >>> america's immigration system is broken. these are words from president obama today, while welcoming 28 new american citizens at a white house naturalization ceremony. the president went on to say, time to work out the courage to do what's right. he called on congress to start fixing the country's broken immigration system. >> if he we want to keep attracting the best and the brightest that the world has to offer, we have to do a better job of welcoming them. we have known for years our immigration system is broken, that we're not doing enough to harness the talent and ingenuity of all those who want to work hard and find a place here in america. and after avoiding the problem for years, the time has come to fix it once and for all. the time has come for a comprehensive immigration reform. >> and the president says he wants to sign a new bill into law as soon as possible. >>> meantime, secretary of state john kerry has dropped into afghanistan, unannounced. he's there to smooth over relations with president hamid karzai, who recently accused the united states of colluding with the taliban.
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